per Randy:

If Bob Motzko feels tugged in several directions when assembling schedules for his Gophers men’s hockey team, well, he is.

First off, the Gophers play a 24-game Big Ten slate, which leaves 10 slots for nonconference opponents. Since the team almost always plays two-game series – single games against two Eastern teams on a weekend have been an exception – there usually are spots for five opponents. With four other Division I programs in Minnesota, plus longtime rival North Dakota just across the border, Motzko’s dance card fills up quickly.

“We have a lot of folks that need and want to play us,’’ Motzko said this week during his appearance at the Star Tribune stage at the Minnesota State Fair.

Go Gophers!!